tr.v. cau·ter·ized, cau·ter·iz·ing, cau·ter·iz·es
1. To burn or sear with a cautery.
2. To deaden, as to feelings or moral scruples; callous.
[Middle English cauterizen, from Late Latin cautērizāre, to cauterize, brand, from Latin cautērium, cautery; see CAUTERY.]
cau′ter·i·zation (-tər-ĭ-zāshən) n.
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